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Positive and Negative: Elmo In Grouchland

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Powerstars, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That's exactly what I said earlier in the thread, along with the inclusion of pre-recorded audience reactions, it's one of the things that breaks the movie... it's just not necessary.
  2. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Positive: Ernie and Bert's intro and interuptions. The only reason why it's still in my DVD collection. I'm a HUGE Ernie and Bert fan. :p:( Plus Dave Golez has a character cameo :)
    Also I got to visit The Muppet Workshop back in 1998 and seen some of the puppets right before they started to film which was really cool :)

    Negative: Too Much Elmo (To put it nicely lol). Not enough classic characters. I liked Follow That Bird Better.

    Also the unnecessary toilet humor that most G rated films now a days get for cheap ratings. Toilet Humor doesn't really work with The Muppets. Don't get me wrong, I love scat humor when it's done right, I love Ren & Stimpy and Beavis & Butt-head, etc. But it just doesn't work with Muppets because they are more classic character / slapstick comedy.

    And just one more note for the record, I'm terrafide of how the NEW Sesame movie that's being rumored currently is going to be. Especially now a days on Sesame where there is more Elmo, Zoe, Rosita, Abby Kadabby, Baby Bear, and all the other characters like that and not enough of the classic characters like Ernie and Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster, Count Von Count, Honkers, Dingers, Sherlock Hemlock, Harry Kneeslaper, The Salesman, Little Chrissy, Little Jerry, Don Music (please let him slam his head into the piano. :) ) lol
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  3. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Does anyone else provide sarcastic comments to these movies or even T.V. shows like things the characters wouldn't expect you to say.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    A couple things.

    Grover is on Sesame Street quite a bit now. Even has his own segment, Super Grover 2.0. The lack of Grover was attributed to the lack of Frank Oz for years, but once those roles were recast, the characters came back full force. Grover did get a Macy's parade Balloon back in 2004 or so. Even Elmo didn't have one. Grover's all over the place, as he should be.

    Secondly, I can't begrudge Sesame Street for not having old characters, some that aren't even officially recast or officially retired any more than I can say about Muppet projects leading up to The Muppets. Characters are lost when performers pass on, leave the show, or just get sick of the characters. Writers run out of ideas for certain characters that only have one major joke going for them. Stuff like that happens.

    But for that matter, Little Chrissy, Harvey Kneeslapper, and Don Music weren't exactly in FTB either. While I'd like to see some silent cameos by some older characters, I'd rather have the story revolve around core group of characters... Ernie and Bert, Cookie Monster, Snuffy, Big Bird, Elmo, Zoe, Telly, Grover, The Count, Elmo, Oscar, and like that. Just like FTB was (minus Zoe and Elmo, of course). As I've been saying, EIG's problem wasn't Elmo being the star... it was refusing to let Elmo be a co-star, and make him go the most of the movie alone. While Big Bird did go off on his own in FTB, we at least had little subplots of the other characters, Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World style. Not something where they're dumped in jail for a huge chunk of the movie.

    If I could improve EIG with one thing, it would be to give Elmo a travel companion. Oscar really should have joined Elmo in that film. It would have been a great buddy flick if it was.

    Of course, if SW wants this movie to be measurably successful, they need to pull a "The Muppets" and work the nostalgia angle. Have some of the rarer characters as cameos, speaking or non-speaking, in various parts of the film. Give Grover, Count, Oscar, Ernie, Bert, Big Bird and Cookie significant roles, preferably crucial to the plot. Don't make an "Elmo" movie, make a Sesame Street movie with Elmo in it.
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  5. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'd like to check out some of the Super Grover 2.0, but I'm not sure if it's like the classic Super Grover skits from the 70s where Grover things he's being helpful but instead the other character figures things out for themselves. lol I didn't really care for the Global Grover stuff much, except for one with the Russian Danger Muppets dancing and pushing Grover to go off screen squishing him inbetween them. I thought that was funny. Spider-Monster I've seen a clip, it looks super funny but I could only find a clip and not the whole thing. I get super excited if I heard that Frank Oz did something new for Sesame because it's the only time he's performing now a days.

    But yeah, I totally understand what you mean about EIG. Elmo is a part of Sesame for years, even though I prefer other characters. But it just seems to be a bit too much promotion of the little red monster. Sure Big Bird was promoted a lot back in the 70s but it wasn't like he was the star of the show, all the Muppets on SS were along with the human cast, there were no stars. But now it seems to me that Elmo took over the show a little bit among Abby Kadaby and Zoe and Rosita. Not trying to sound negative about the current SS but one of the things I miss from the classic ones was the funny characters. The dysfunctional, decently irreverent comedy that used to be in the Muppet sketches. But it seems like times have changed a bit for some reason or another which what was funny back then can't be done today unfortunately. But that's what I loved about SS. Cookie and his out of control desire for cookies, Count and his out of control desire for counting, Ernies zanny parnking games to make Bert end up a fool at the end, Bert yerning for peace and not to be tricked again and of course he gives in after being all stressed out in a "Alright I'll play this game so you can stop and leave me alone" sort of fashion, and Grover's Innocents yet clumsiness (Like you mentioned, he's coming back to the show with either Eric Jacobson or Frank Oz). Also Chris Cerfs Rock music parodies. I miss those. I was listening to The Beetle's Letter B today on my ipod. lol :) Anyway, that's what made the Muppet characters both on SS and TMS so hilarious, they were in some degree disfunctional yet so innocent. And it just seems like SS now doesn't have that compet but instead creating characters for the child to relate too. But I guess it's nothing to blame because that's what happened with Big Bird. He went from this goofy character with googly eyes that kept knocking into everything and falling over to a positive role model for kids to relate to. Like how Big Bird is suppose to be a 6 year old and Elmo 3 and Abby is 2 or something like that. And perhaps that's what SW is trying to do more of, taking the BB aspect to get the children audiences atttention. And of course the whole purpose is educational children's television.

    But I guess what I was saying was what I loved about the show. Still I do like some of the new parodies but not as much as the classic episodes. Personally I would rather see a parody of rock bands then reality TV shows. Still I have to admit, the Justin Bieber Muppet still cracks me up. When I seen that, I was cheering like crazy, FINALLY THEY MADE A MUPPET OF HIM! lol

    But yeah, I liked Follow That Bird better than EIG. My favorite scenes were Ernie and Bert in the Plane and Bert loosing his Bottle Cap Collection and Ernie just singing and annoying Bert, Bert sings along and Ernie was telling Bert that they don't have time to sing now, they got to follow Big Bird. lol Classic

    And the Food Fight in the Grouch Cafe "WHERE'S MY JELLO!" lol I got to watch my DVD of that again some night. lol

    And of course Kermit's cameo which would have been Kermit's final Motion Picture appearance being performed by Jim (1987), unless you count Muppet Vision 3D of course.

    But yeah, the tye ins with the classic characters like that, totally.

    I think Elmo worked best with other characters. I've seen this sketch where Elmo and Grover were Singing Mailmen and annoyed Mr. Johnson and he liked Elmo more then Grover. I thought that was funny. And of course the 80s skits with Elmo and Prarie Dawn in Space and all those funny Kermit & Elmo skits where Elmo annoys Kermit. I laugh and think, THAT'S ELMO, THAT'S HOW ELMO SHOULD BE! lol But then again, just my opinion.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There's too much lost potential in not making Grover and Elmo a team. I can't find the one where they're both singing telegrams, but something like that and Another monster at the end of this Book. Something where Grover's a bumbling older brother like figure, willing to share his flawed wisdom to someone who eagerly listens, but does much better on his own.
  7. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    LOL Yeah exactly. I wish they did more of that. Bringing comedy back into Sesame Street. That was sort of the situation with Grover and Elmo singing a Telegram to Mr. Johnson. It could be under the Muppet Wiki Videos because I think it was the first time that Mr. Johnson's name ever came up in a sketch. Grover sings about his Mother in Sinanadi (Not sure of the spelling, sorry about that lol) and he said that his mother isn't from there then Elmo gives it a try and says that she's from Florida and get's very positive feedback which of course Grover is jealous at the end. I really like that situation for Elmo, the little guy who seems to be in everyone's way. Even dating back to the 1980s where he used to drive Kermit (He would call him Mr. Da Fwrog. lol) Crazy. Like how Kermit was trying to deliver a fragile package and Elmo became such a pest that Kermit dropped the package and of course Kermit in his heart as fusterated as he was, he knew he couldn't have a full outburst against him so he was more blunt about it. lol Though one that really cracks me up is Prarie Dawn in Space and Elmo joins too "Oh no, Elmo what are you doing here?" "Oh Elmo is playing police man, would you like Elmo to help you get across the street?" "Elmo your in space, there isn't any road. Now can you leave me to my mission please?" "OH ELMO IS SPACE, ELMO GOT IT NOW" Elmo leaves in a comical floating exit, moments later "ELMO'S A FARMER!" lol Then a cow and farm animals are floating in space. lol Like I mentioned, I just miss the zanny Muppet humor on Sesame Street.

    Speaking of farmer, this reminds me of an episode where Ol' McDonald and his pig are in the movie theaters almost like a parody of Mystery Science Theater where you only see the shadowed outlines of the chairs and they are watching a movie about lizards and they decide to run around the theater yelling and shouting repetedly "LIZARD, LIZARD, LIZARD, LIZARD!" lol Oh God, how I miss that crazy silliness. lol :)


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